Sport Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie participates in a dock out ceremony before the start of race six of the America's Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in San Francisco

The quadruple gold and silver medal Olympic champion opens his campaign in the 40-foot catamarans in Singapore next month

Windsurfing returns to Olympic sailing line-up for Rio 2016

People power kicked the decision to drop windsurfers from the Olympic sailing line-up into the oblivion of history as rank and file national representatives voted against the council members of the International Sailing Federation at its annual general meeting in Dublin.

Britain fails to raise team for Youth America's Cup

Britain has failed to raise a team for the Youth America's Cup. As the deadline for entries closed on 31 October, all three attempts, one of which planned to race under the Ben Ainslie Racing banner.

Team compete in a fleet race during the America's Cup World Series

Britain will not enter Youth America's Cup team

Britain has failed to raise a team for the Youth America’s Cup. As the deadline for entries closed on 31 October, all three attempts, one of which planned to race under the Ben Ainslie Racing banner.

Oracle Team USA catamaran is put through its paces

America's Cup defender Oracle Team USA capsize during training session

Oracle Team USA, defender of the 34 America’s Cup, suffered a second humiliating and expensive setback when it capsized its giant AC72 catamaran on San Francisco Bay during a training session.

Kiwis 'stunned' by America's Cup decision

A howl of complaint about the latest changes in the organisation of next year’s America’s Cup in San Francisco comes from Dean Barker, skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand.

Musandam-Oman Sail under pressure in an earlier European tour race for the MOD70s

Ian Williams forced to wait amid congestion in Marseille

Two events on the same piece of water can lead to problems, not least as the deciding, fifth race of the French Match Race semi-final kept Britain’s Ian Williams and the Australian Keith Swinton stooging around for over an hour and half as the MOD70s started two races off Marseille.

Ellen E Jones: Why this nation should cherish its eccentrics

The greatest book of the modern age, in case you were wondering, is Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics: An A-Z of Roguish Britons Through the Ages by William Donaldson, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in print this year.

Anna Tunnicliffe injured during Extreme Sailing Series

An Olympic gold medallist, formerly British now firmly American, and a newly minted silver medallist, formerly Welsh now also happily British, were among an ovation of Olympians cascading on to Cardiff Bay on Thursday for the Extreme Sailing grand prix. But the American, Anna Tunnicliffe, was rushed to hospital with a gashed knee at the end of the first day’s racing in Cardiff for the Extreme Sailing Series.

All woman team to enter Volvo round the world race

A Swedish-based all woman team is the first to announce an entry for the next Volvo round the world race in 2014/15.

Have-a-go guests have enjoyed racing themselves in this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

New sponsorship ensures buoyant future for Cowes Week

Fireworks over Cowes were more than the traditional Friday celebration as the south’s largest annual regatta drew not just to a close but a beginning of long-term stability at a time of economic uncertainty for many sports.

Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell had to settle for silver in the men's 470 class on Day 14 after failing to get the better of the Australians

Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell take silver for Team GB after failing to get better of Australians

Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell had to settle for silver in the men's 470 class after just falling short of gold on the south coast today.

Silver medal prospects look good for Team GB's Nick Dempsey

A silver medal for windsurfer Nick Dempsey is still a real prospect after the gold was wrapped up with two races to spare by Dorian van Rijsselberge of The Netherlands.

Paul Goodison in the sailing

Medal hopes of Team GB pair Paul Goodison and Ali Young sink in Weymouth

Great Britain's Paul Goodison and Ali Young both saw their London 2012 medal hopes ended today.

Ben Ainslie is confident he can secure a sailing gold medal

Ben Ainslie is confident of securing a sailing gold

Ben Ainslie remains confident of securing a fourth Olympic gold medal despite faltering once again on a day when the British sailing team were hit by news that Paul Goodison's regatta could be in jeopardy.

Ben Ainslie now lies in second place

Ben Ainslie's gold medal hopes hit after losing out to Finn leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen yet again

Ben Ainslie saw his assault on Olympic gold stutter once again today as he finished behind Finn leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen for a fifth time at London 2012.

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